Italian Vogue Endorses ‘Slave Earrings,’ Offers Possibly Most Embarrassing Vogue Gaffe Ever

A few weeks ago, Vogue Italia’s website produced a paragraph of fashion copy so stunningly insensitive it must be seen to be believed. Thank you, Jezebel, for noticing. First, let’s have a look at the headline:

So, that’s astounding. Boasting the title of first major fashion glossy to publish an all-black model issue (problematic though that may be) and editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani’s initiatives against pro-ana websites, Italian Vogue is commonly thought to be the most progressive of the Vogue family. So you figure, oh god, maybe it’s just a problem with translation, right? Right…?


Italian Vogue has since changed the headline of the post to “Ethnic Earrings” and managed to excise the word “slave” from the body copy (that’s the update above, but Jezebel has its original version). I suppose they forgot to update the tags.

Pricelessly, the copy still concludes: “And the evolution goes on.” Maybe next time we can evolve away from anything resembling this kind of horseshit?

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    • Paula

      When I read “slave earrings” I immediately conjured up beautiful women of color and our history. We can not deny our participation in slavery. AND we can not deny those beautiful women of colour and their cultural adornment.

      I don’t see this as a racial slur… I see this as a historical perspective in costuming and fashion.

      • Jennifer Wright

        Franca Sozzani!

      • Fatima

        Agreed. They’re stating facts. Next!

      • Joan Crawford

        That’s because you are in ignorant fuck! Just sayin…

    • Jamie Peck

      Wow. Just wow. That paragraph makes it sound like the “women of color” were here on vacation, when in fact they were beaten, raped, ripped from their families, and forced to work for people against their will. What’s next, Holocaust fashion?